Cape Legends is the premium wine division of Distell and when it comes to sheer wine quality, I’m on record as saying that the wines involved generally under-deliver. Alto is one of those in the portfolio and while most of the stuff from this Stellenbosch property has been middling in recent times, I thought the Shiraz 2012 was pretty good.
Red and black fruit, some not unattractive vanilla, pepper and spice. Rich and mellow but not entirely lacking in freshness, extraction and oaking well judged. Kind of what you’d hope a blue-chip label like this would deliver. Can’t tell you awfully much more as the unsolicited sample arrived without any accompanying information and the fact sheet on the website applies to the 2010 vintage.